Before you get carried away, this is not a challenge to commit homosexual acts!
Rather, here is a challenge to those who would like to oppose Christian support for heterosexual behavior. Christians, quite rightly, oppose the sanctioning of homosexual behavior by the government of the UK – or any other country. People who are in favor of such behavior oppose the opposition supplied by Christians.
Why are these two groups opposed to one another? Is either of them correct?
I am of the opinion that homosexual behavior should not be condoned by the government. People who argue that it should be approved of by the government – and by other people – argue from the basis of the right of people to engage in homosexual behavior as an expression of their sexuality. This is seen as a fundamental right because it is connected to their identity. This is precisely where the challenge lies.
Here, then, is my challenge to people who are in favor of homosexual activity:
- First, can you supply any evidence which demonstrates homosexual activity as something other than a personal, moral choice?
- Second, can you demonstrate why the moral choices of some people who choose to commit homosexual acts should not be subject to criticism and/or restriction by other people who think such acts are a violation of sound morality?
This is a simple challenge in that it only has two components. However, it is not simple in that it implies an awful lot of things. In order to be fair, I will give you some of my own assumptions about the challenge.
Here are a few of my own assumptions:
- I assume that there is no sense in which homosexuality can be said to be a “condition” which removes the element of the personal choice to accept or express homosexual desires.
- I assume that the data which shows homosexual behavior to be more dangerous than heterosexual behavior is relevant to the conversation. This data shows numerous physical, emotional and relational dangers which arise from homosexual behavior.
- I assume that government policy which is interested in promoting health and morality can make judgments about the sexual behavior of citizens.
Aside from beginning from a Christian worldview which most definitely rejects homosexual behavior as a good moral choice, I do not make too many more assumptions.
Let me say one final thing very clearly:
I have never knowingly been directly harsh, mean or disrespectful to any person who practices homosexual behavior. I do not condone or advocate treating people in a way which devalues their God-given worth.